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Obituaries

Michael L. Copeland

Michael L. Copeland, 70, of Parkersburg, passed away February 23, 2021, at The Willows Center. He was born October 25, 1950, in Wood County, WV, a son of the late Hugh M. and Addie M. Vincent Copeland. He had worked at Kesterson’s Laundromat, Canteen Services and was co-owner with his wife ...

Effie Keramidas

Effie Keramidas, 93, of Parkersburg, died February 21, 2021, at Eagle Point Care Facility. She was born on June 10, 1927, in Lamia, Greece, a daughter of the late George and Katirina Papathanasopoulos. Effie owned and operated the Traveler’s Restaurant with her husband Sam for 50 years from ...

Wanda Lee “Bunny” Utt Shimp

Wanda Lee “Bunny” Utt Shimp earned her wings and passed through heavens gates at her home on February 24, 2021, after an extended illness. She was born on April 20, 1931 at Liverpool, a daughter of the late Brooks and Theo Scyoc Utt. She was a graduate of Ripley High School with the ...

Janet Lucile Donohew

Janet Lucile Donohew, 80, of Point Pleasant, WV, formerly of Washington, D.C., passed away Feb. 23, 2021, in Arbors of Gallipolis, OH. In keeping with Janet’s wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be in Longview Cemetery, Evans. Condolences may be shared with the family at ...

Kerry J. Fury

Kerry Jarad Fury, 67 of Davisville, passed away Feb. 14, 2021, at his residence. He was born April 13, 1953, in San Diego, CA a son of the late Kenneth O. and Mary E. Hiehle Fury. Kerry was a custodian at the Grand Central Mall and earlier worked in the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of ...

Dorris Ellen Gault

Dorris Ellen Gault, 96, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday Feb. 23, 2021, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born in Parkersburg, WV a daughter of the late Earl and Sarah (Andrews) Anderson. She was employed as a bank teller at Parkersburg National Bank, then at Howell’s Realty, before opening ...

Helena Hardman

Helena Hardman, 50, of Ashland, KY, passed away at her on Jan. 16, 2021. Visitation will be 9-10:30 a.m. today at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home with a graveside service to follow in Burnt Hill Cemetery at 11 a.m. Messages of sympathy may be sent at www.Lankfordfh.com.

John Howard Holstine

John Howard Holstine, 85, of Smithville, WV, departed this life Tuesday. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Ayers Cemetery in Smithville. Raiguel Funeral Home in Harrisville is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Mary Marie Jones

Mary Marie Jones, 77, of Cutler, passed away Feb. 24, 2021, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born on Sept. 30, 1943, in Grand Canyon, AZ, one of eleven children of the late Daniel M. and Lula Janey Willis. Mary enjoyed decorating, making dolls and gardening. She enjoyed making those ...

Carol Ann Volz Kesterson

Carol Ann Volz Kesterson, 75, of Little Hocking, OH, passed away Feb. 20th, 2021, at Advent Memorial Hospital in Daytona Beach, FL, due to complications with COVID-19. She was born Aug. 19th, 1945, a daughter to the late John William and Ruby Mae Scott Volz. Carol was a member of the St. ...

Paul Adam Marks Jr.

Paul Adam Marks Jr., 76, passed away Feb. 22, 2021, after a 2 1/2 year battle with brain cancer. He was born October 24, 1944, in Elyria, Ohio, and lived most of his life in Pleasants County, WV, before moving to South Charleston, WV, eight years ago to be near family. He married Ginger Sigler ...

Alice Ann McDonough

Alice Ann McDonough, 69, of Spencer, passed away Feb. 22, 2021, at Roane General Hospital. Funeral, 11 a.m. Monday, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. Burial, McDonough Cemetery on Dutch Ridge, Clendenin, WV. Visitation, 10 a.m. until time of the service. Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home is ...

Lettie Melrose Morris

Lettie Melrose Morris, 90, of Parkersburg, went home Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, from Elmcroft of Marietta. She was born April 21, 1930, in Parkersburg, a daughter of the late Joseph Judson and Lena Elizabeth Robinson Melrose. She enjoyed playing bridge and being active in church as a member at ...

Barry Bradley Nichols

Barry Bradley Nichols, 66, of Beaver, Ohio, passed away at 3 p.m., Tuesday. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Evergreen Bible Church in Williamstown with Pastor Steve Thibault officiating. Burial will follow in Putnam Cemetery with military rites. Family will greet friends at the ...

Gary Edward Rice

Gary Edward Rice, 71, of Parkersburg, passed away Feb. 20, 2021, with the compassionate care of Stonerise Parkersburg (formerly Eagle Pointe) Skilled Nursing Center. A private cremation will take place at Mid-Ohio Valley Cremation Society.

Gerald E. Smith

Gerald E. Smith, 95 of Ellenboro, WV, passed away Feb. 22, 2021, at his residence. He was born Sept. 24, 1925, a son of the late Raymond Earl Smith and Cora May Goff. Gerald was a WWII veteran and was a member of the American Legion Post 68. He is survived by several nieces or nephews. In ...

Betty Jean Minney Starcher

Betty Jean Minney Starcher, of Normantown, WV, went home to be with the Lord and reunited with her husband of 58 years on Feb. 21, 2021. She was born on Oct. 7, 1939, in Calhoun County, WV, the daughter of the late Ervin and step-mother Evelyn Minney of Weston, WV, and Beulah Hayes of Phoenix, ...

Norman Curtis Testerman Sr.

Norman Curtis Testerman Sr., 75, of Sistersville, WV, departed this life Saturday at Marietta Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville. Raiguel Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the cremation arrangements.

Arlen Wilson

Arlen Wilson, 45, of Vienna, passed away Feb. 21, 2021, at his residence. A private cremation will take place at Mid-Ohio Valley Cremation Society.

Sandra Kay Blosser

Sandra Kay Blosser, 61, of Parkersburg died Feb. 19, 2021, at her residence. A celebration of Sandra’s life will be held Friday at the New Life Baptist Church in Belleville with Pastor Scott Stewart officiating. Family and friends will gather from noon to two. Lambert-Tatman South is ...